A professor stood before his philosophy class and picked up a very large jar, filled it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They said yes.

He then picked up a box of pebbles, poured them into the jar. He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

He next picked up and emptied a box of sand into the jar filling up every space. Now is it full? The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured them in. “Now,” he said “This jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things. Pay attention to them – your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions.

The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else – the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you”.

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